Book Excerpt: Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted May 8th, 2014 in Blog Tour, Book Excerpt, Giveaway / 20 comments
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Welcome to the Just Breathe Blog Tour. I actually read Just Breathe but plan to post my review after the tour is over. For today, enjoy my favorite quotes from the book. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.

By Tamara Mataya
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Releasing May 6, 2014
Published by Swoon Romance
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Twenty-one-year-old Elle Granger’s boyfriend broke up with her like a coward. He moved to another city without so much as a “goodbye.” Devastated and embarrassed, Elle told friends the break-up was mutual and she endured the heartbreaking split without support from the people she’s closest with. Instead, she embraced her librarian job as therapy and spent her nights medicated by a thick cloud of pot smoke. With her lungs, and heart, screaming for a break, Elle quits smoking cold turkey. Just when she’s about to ask for support from her friends, and let them in on the truth of Jason’s humiliating betrayal, her best friend moves to Spain.

Enter sexy-as-hell library patron Dominic, who literally knocks Elle off her feet during a memorable first encounter. Can he help her forget Jason’s very existence? He can sure try, and Elle is more than ready to let him. Dominic makes Elle feel wanted and special, and puts effort into coming up with dates that don’t set off her Synaesthesia. Just when Elle is starting to feel whole again, Jason returns, determined to reunite. His effusive apology and reasons for leaving are a balm to her battered ego, but she rebuffs his attention.

But nothing good can last forever, and Elle catches Dominic in a devastating lie. How could she have been so wrong about both Jason and Dominic? Is letting Jason back into her heart a safe bet since he has already proven he can’t be trusted? The wrong choice could see Elle’s happy ending go up in smoke. But when your only choices are the devils you know, all you can do is JUST BREATHE.
My Favorite Quotes

“So do you even really like him? Is that the issue? Do you not find him attractive? Does he have hideous breath? Is he a bad kisser?”

“Oh, God, no, that’s not it. Marie, I want to get him alone and do things to him! You’ve no idea.” My voice is a low, sexual growl.

Marie snorts and chokes on her drink. “Who the hell are you? I like you, Sex Kitten Elle! You can stay.”

Dominic bends and scoops the cat up. “This is Grawlix.”

“That sounds familiar, but I can’t think why.”

“Grawlix are the symbols, like exclamation mark, star, dollar sign, used to replace swears when you’re writing.”

“Ah yes. Why’d you name him Grawlix?”

“Because he’s kind of an asshole.”

“Dominic, if you aren’t careful, these books are going to see more action than they’d planned on.”

He laughs, and continues kissing and nuzzling my neck, running his hands across my lower back. “I’d love nothing more than to knock some of these books off the shelves with you.”

My inner librarian disapproves. She can go to hell.

“Words haven’t been invented yet for how that song made me feel.”


“I had no idea you could play like that. You’re amazing.”

“And on that day, his ego grew three sizes,” he jokes.

“I mean it. And that song was gorgeous. It was just everything. What’s it called?”


“What? I want to know what the song is called.”

“No. The song is called Elle.”

“Like my name!”

“Like you.” He bites his lip. “I wrote it for you.”

“You wrote that?”


“For me?”


Author Bio
Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn’t an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show. Blog | Twitter | Facebook
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20 Responses to “Book Excerpt: Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Olivia-Savannah

    This sure does sound like an interesting story. What with her having synesthesia and all as well. And the torn love triangle sounds like a nice one 😉 My kind of romance book…

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